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Chris High reviews: Welsh Mass Male Voice Choir' 2006

Welsh Mass Male Voice Choir in the company of Cor Y Traeth, Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir and Rhos Orpheus

Dewi Wyn (Tenor) Owen Webb (Baritone) Dylan Cernyw (Harp)
Annette Bryn Parri (Piano).
Liverpool Empire Theatre
Sunday January 2nd, 2006

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There can be few grander sights in the world of music than of a curtain raising to reveal a massed bank of singers dressed in tuxedos, ready to entertain a packed auditorium and this combination of three highly experienced and greatly acclaimed choirs, gave memorable performances from Welsh classics, Opera favourites and songs from the shows.

The fact that so many voices - over one hundred - did not depend on microphones to make themselves heard in such a large auditorium, is in itself awe -inspiring. That they did so with seemingly effortless precision and timing, was quite simply breathtaking.
Led by two conductors, Eifion Jones and Geraint Roberts, the choir seemed to ripple like a wave across the waters during their rendition of Soldiers Chorus and breathed fire and brimstone during Richter's The Creation. Whereas Joseph Parry's beautiful Myfanwy invoked memories of a childhood past with true emotion.

The soloists were impeccable with Dewi Wyn delivering an emotive Maria from West Side Story and Owen Webb's performance of the Barber's Chorus from The Barber of Seville, was a positive delight in a night of many highlights.

Dylan Cernyw played the Harp with such a deft touch, at times he seemed to plucking notes from the air, whereas Annette Bryn Parri - who has performed with many great artists - was on fine form here. Apart the soloists were inspirational, together they were almost divine.

It was left to the Choir, proper, to stela the show however, with a sublime - and accurate - performance of Rogers & Hammerstein's You'll Never Walk Alone. No Gerry Marsden or Kop pastiche this. Instead it was delivered the way the composers meant it - with power, grace and professionalism.

This was one of many performances to be touring the country over the coming months and is designed to encourage those young performers that the choirs have nurtured. On last night's evidence, their task has been completed to perfection.

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